GAA KA CITY CITY, Gaza Strip – The Israeli army launched a series of airstrikes in the Gaza Strip early Monday, saying it had destroyed 15 kilometers (nine miles) of militant tunnels տ the homes of nine suspected Hamas commanders.
Gaza residents, who woke up at night, described it as the heaviest week before the war, “even more powerful than the wave of airstrikes in Gaza that left 42 dead the day before” and leveled three buildings.
There are no immediate reports of casualties from the recent strikes. The three-story building in Gaza City was badly damaged, but residents say the armed forces warned 10 minutes before the strike that everyone had been cleared. They said most of the airstrikes hit nearby farmland.
Gaza Mayor Yahya Saraj told Al-Jazeera television that the airstrikes had severely damaged roads and other infrastructure. “If the aggression continues, we expect conditions to worsen,” he said.
He warned that the area was consumed by fuel and other spare parts. The United Nations has warned that Gaza’s only power plant is at risk of fuel shortages. There are already 8-12 hours of daily power outage in the area, չի tap water is not drunk.
Fighting erupted last Monday when Hamas fired long-range rockets at Jerusalem following weeks of clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli police. The protests focused on Muslim police raiding the holy site during the holy month of Ramadan and the expulsion of dozens of Palestinian families by Jewish settlers.
Since then, the Israeli military has carried out hundreds of airstrikes, which it says are aimed at the infrastructure of Hamas militants. Palestinian militants fired more than 3,100 rockets at Israel in Gaza.
Hundreds of airstrikes in Gaza have killed at least 188 Palestinians, including 55 children and 33 women, and injured 1,230 people. Eight people have been killed in rocket attacks in Israel, including a five-year-old boy soldier.
“I have not seen this level of destruction in my 14 years of work,” said Samir al-Khatib, a Gaza emergency rescue worker. “Even in the 2014 war,” he added, referring to the most devastating of the four wars waged by Israel’s Hamas.
The bomber struck shortly after noon in front of a gathering of nine senior members of Hamas militia, an Islamic militant group that has controlled the area since seizing power from rival Palestinian forces in 2007.
In recent days, Israel has targeted the homes of a number of senior Hamas leaders, including Gaza chief Yehie Sinwar. The group’s leadership goes underground when the fighting begins, and hardly anyone is at home during the strike.
Hamas Իս The Islamic Jihad militant group says at least 20 of its fighters have been killed, and Israel says that number is much higher, has released the names and photos of more than two dozen militant commanders who say: have been destroyed. ”
The bomber struck shortly after noon in front of a police recruiting center at Kisak, killing at least 35 people and wounding three others. The Invarians note that 54 planes took part in the operation.
In a televised address on Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israeli attacks continued “with full force” and would “take time.” “Israel wants to pay a high price for the Hamas militant group.
The Israeli airstrikes leveled the tallest buildings in Gaza City, which Israel said contained Hamas military infrastructure. These included the Associated Press Gaza office and other media outlets.
AP executive editor Sally Busby called for an independent inquiry into the airstrike that destroyed the AP office on Saturday. The Israeli army alerted the staff, residents and residents before the strike, and everyone was able to evacuate the building safely.
Netanyahu claimed that Hamas military intelligence was operating inside the building, adding that any evidence would be passed through intelligence on Sunday. Neither the White House nor the State Department would have said if anyone had seen it.
The AP has been operating from the building for 15 years, including during the previous three wars between Israel and Hamas. The news agency’s cameras, operating from his rooftop office on the rooftop terrace, offered 24-hour live shots as militants fired rockets at Israel; Israeli airstrikes hit the city and its environs.
AP chairman Gary Pruitt issued a statement after the attack on Saturday, saying he was “shocked and horrified” that Israel had targeted the building. He said the AP “has no indication that Hamas is in the building or active in the building.”
“This is something we are actively testing to the best of our ability. We would never knowingly put our journalists at risk. ”
Kraus reported from Jerusalem. Associated Press writer Basem Mron contributed to Beirut.